Fran commented on my previous post, sharing that she, too, had taken the self-publishing path.
What kind of fears do we suffer when we take this big step in our careers? We don’t have the shelter of a big New York publishing house — we lack the stamp of approval that comes from a big publisher’s editor.
I’ve come to realize there *are* traits and talents we *do* possess, though. With traditional publishing, I assumed I would get publicity, but in hindsight, I see that I did the lion’s share of promotion– a massive amount of publicity and advertising. Being our book’s best advocate is challenging, and yes, exhausting! I wake up in the middle of the night, thinking about it. What have I missed? What can be done more thoroughly? How can I best reach the readers who will love my book?
Doubts needle at the oddest times. What if my book is given a scathing review? What if my friends read it and–after all my excited conversations about writing, they read it, grimace and think, “So this is what she’s so excited about?” We don’t have an editor or an agent reassuring us along the way. We are, from the beginning, in charge of nurturing our Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), and funding all of our promotional activities.
It’s daunting, but we’re not in this alone. There are hundreds of thousands like us. Networking helps. Let’s keep clutching our COURAGE cards and following our dreams! Go ye forth. Believe. Promote. And write more wonderful books! –Janet